December 3rd, 2012
I’ve posted lunches at La Mar Salada several times in the past, but when the menu changes regularly and the food is beautiful as well as delicious, it would be a shame not to post again…
The lunch menu has gone up slightly since April – it’s now 15.50€ for three courses and a glass of wine. Food of this quality it’s well worth it! Click the menu to read it.
As a starter I ordered Tortilla de Butifarra Blanca con “Coca de Vidre” con Tomate – a white Catalan sausage omelette with crunchy flat bread and tomato. It might look like an ordinary French omelette, but it had an amazing savoury white sausage filling.
I was lucky enough to try the vegetarian starter option – Macarrones gigantes con Salteado de Robellones, Trompetas del la Muerte y Polvo de Parmesano – Giant macaroni with sautéed wild mushrooms, black chanterelle and parmesan cheese. The Saffron Milk Cap and Trumpet of Death mushrooms were sublime!
As a main course I ordered Conejo Guisado con Caracoles y Chicharrones, con su Picada – Rabbit Stew with Snails, Cracklings and Chopped Nuts. This proved to be a very popular choice and wonderfully savoury.
Alfredo ordered a spectacular dish of Arroz Meloso con Gambas, Alcachofas y Guisantes – Sticky Rice with shrimp, artichokes and peas.
The most outstanding pudding was the Passion Pie – it looked like a fried egg, but the white was made with meringue and the soft, runny yolk was passion fruit. I didn’t order it, but I did get a little taste – words fail me!
I had a Yogur con Espuma de Frambuesas – yoghurt with raspberry foam. It was deliciously light with a little sharpness, but it wasn’t quite as good as Passion Pie.
With our lunch we drank a rosat (rosé) from Terra Alta. As usual, the service was impeccable.
La Mar Salada is at: Passeig Joan de Borbó, 58-59, 08003 Barcelona
The food looks stunning there mate, I’d be going back regularly too!
Thanks Marcus! If you get a cheap Easy Jet flight, you could go for the day and still spend less than on some London restaurants 🙂
The food looks great. I’d like to know how the rabbit stew is made.
I would have to guess that it was made with chicken or rabbit stock and had some stickiness from the pork. The picada of ground almonds, pine nuts, bread and garlic (probably) acts as a thickener in Catalan cuisine.
That all looks so good it must have been really hard to choose from the menu! And great value too. Lo Jardinièr had arroz meloso when we were in Valencia so I was able to taste his while I chose fideua, another favourite.
It’s exceptionally hard to choose – I like to see what other people are eating before I order 😉
I often go for fideua too!
I also had my eye on the rabbit with snails and crackling!
Looks like a very jolly lunch with Olimax and Alfredo. x
The rabbit stew was so good! There were a few of us for lunch, including Adrian, Lindsay and Debbie. That Passion Pie was amazing too – you could dip soldiers in it 🙂
The passion pie looks so delicious and is beautifully plated!
…and the yolk was runny!
15.50€ !!! That’s outrageous! 😉
Great being in a restaurant where there’s more than one outstanding dish to choose. As you know, some places can’t manage even one. 🙂
Even better, the waiter is very friendly and helpful 🙂
What superb value! I’ve done some of these set menus here on Sevilla, but they tend to offer more basic, workaday dishes – it’s more about the tapas here. You covered so many different ingredients between you, quite a spread. I fancy those mushrooms and the passion pud!
That’s true – Cataluña isn’t known for tapas, though quite a lot of tapas bars have appeared in the last 20 years 🙂
Fantastic value and I´m intrigued by the conejo con caracoles!
I think that’s a traditional Catalan dish – if it’s in my new cook book I’ll send you the recipe 🙂
Ooh – yes please!
I’ll let you know when it arrives 😉
You’ve found such good places to eat in Barcelona. I’m very envious. Every course sounded wonderful and looked as though it had been made with care. Fabulous lunch you lucky bastard:)
Thanks Roger – there could be a few more coming 😉
I am going to beeline to this place before I leave! And it is so unreal to see Alfredito in your pictures….how small the world is! Oh, and since you explained the dessert to me, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Maybe I can convince the family to go this weekend!
You must! This is my fourth La Mar Salada post – the food has been amazing every time I’ve eaten there.
Watch out for the opening times – the lunchtime menu is weekdays only and they close on Tuesdays:
…and it really is a small world 🙂
Passion Pie looks like Art to me ….I simple must have a stab at that .xx
It definitely was a work of art, in more ways than one 🙂
I can see why you return again and again and I’m happy to go along “virtually” with you. What a fantastic looking dinner.. the giant macaroni, saffron milk cap, trumpet of death mushrooms.. all very intriguing!! xx
Thanks Barbara and those mushrooms tasted amazing 🙂
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